Whiplash as a result of motor vehicle accidents is the most frequently occurring and expensive type of injury that is reported to insurance companies in the US. According to the US Department of Transportation, “The Highway Loss Data Institute estimates that every year insurers pay approximately 1.7 million injury claims for which a neck sprain/strain (i.e. whiplash).”
The Insurance Research Council estimates that the average cost of a whiplash injury is $4,798 for the aforementioned claims. Another incredible statistic is that the total cost for whiplash injuries that occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents is around $8.2 billion and that whiplash accounts for 25 percent of all motor vehicle crash claims in terms of aggregate dollar amounts. Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/esv/esv19/05-0374-O.pdf
There are many factors that produce whiplash injuries in motor vehicles accidents such as the height of the passenger, the gender of the victim, and the position of the vehicle’s head restraint.
Height of the Passenger
The height of the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle is a factor in the number of reported whiplash injuries because height determines the position of one’s head in relation to the head restraint. When a person gets in the car they almost never think to adjust the head restraint to the optimal height and angle recommended to minimize neck injuries.
A Person’s Gender
Females are more than twice as likely to suffer from whiplash caused by a motor vehicle accident than are men and over 55% of females that suffer whiplash suffer long-term disability while only around 40% of males do so. It is deduced that the stronger the neck muscles, the less likely one is to suffer a whiplash injury and that certainly makes sense.
The Head Restraint
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the requirements for front seat head restraints is a minimum height of 29.5 inches from the person’s hip to the top of the head restraint in order to statistically minimize the incidents of whiplash caused from rear-end collisions. Each passenger is urged to adjust their head restraint every time they enter a motor vehicle. A head restraint should be adjusted to be 3.5 inches below the top of the head.
Chiropractic Care is Essential
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffer neck pain or discomfort, chances are you suffer from a whiplash injury. Whiplash injuries normally do not heal themselves and when they do can heal improperly causing chronic pain and discomfort. A personalized program of chiropractic care by a Chiropractor in Arlington Tx is recommended to relieve pain and discomfort and allow neck joints and discs enough space and proper alignment for the muscles and tendons to heal properly and strengthen around them.